FAQs

What if the homeowner changes their mind?

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Our homesharing contracts protect the rights of the homeowners to keep their home one of their own. Should a match not work for them, they can easily release the contract and give a 30 day notice to the housemate for dismissal.  Should a housemate be dismissed without a reasonable cause, Win-Win Homesharing will work to find a suitable replacement for the housemate. 

What if I have a dispute with my housemate

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No matter how perfect a match, disagreements are bound to happen.  If chores aren’t finished, Win-Win Homesharing will hire on a housekeeper to solve the issue, and the housemate will be charged for the cleaning fee. If it becomes a repeated issue, contracts can be revised and housemates can be evicted for not following through on their household duties.  If you feel threatened or you believe your safety is in jeopardy at any time, contact local law enforcement.

What if my housemate doesn’t pay?

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We collect first-and-last months’ payments. Housemates have up to five days after the 1st of each month to pay their fees. Should they not pay by the end of the five-day grace period, housemates will automatically be entering their last month of homesharing and will be moved out by the end of that month. 

How does Win-Win vet housemates?

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We interview candidates based on your interests and screen for red flags and personality conflicts. We then run police record checks, and credit checks on all of our screened candidates. Finally, we have homeowners meet their potential housemates and choose who they’d like to share their home with.

Where is Win-Win available?

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Win-Win is currently available in Ottawa, Canada, and surrounding townships. Don’t live in the Ottawa area and want to homeshare in your area? Give us a call.

Do I have to own the home to use Win-Win?

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No, you do not have to own a home or use a home. “Homeowners” refers to anyone (55+) with a room to rent through Win-Win Homesharing. However, if you are renting a home or apartment, we suggest you check with your landlord first to make sure you are able to share your space.

Do I need to be a student to be a housemate?

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Win-Win Homesharing started with a mission to help students in need of affordable rooms to rent, so the majority of our housemates are students. That said, our service is for everyone who wants to lend a helping hand, or might be looking for a family away from home. Some homeowners prefer to live with housemates closer to their own age, and we accommodate the wishes of the homeowner. 

What tools does Win-Win offer?

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Prepping: Have a room that’s not quite ready to share yet? Our team will help you clean and declutter spare rooms that may have taken a life of their own over the years.  Matching: We will find a winning match for you based on compatibility, schedules, chores.  Vetting: We require all of our housemates to pass a police record background check, credit checks, and complete an interview with a member of our team Contracts: Our homesharing agreements are created by lawyers to protect homeowners.… Read More »What tools does Win-Win offer?

How does Win-Win work?

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If you’re a homeowner, we will set a time to meet to get to know what you’re looking for in a housemate. We’ll go over things like your daily schedule, house rules, chores you’d like help with and qualities of your ideal housemate.  Next, we’ll interview candidates based on the qualifications you’re looking for and present you with options to choose from. Once you’re ready to share your home, we’ll provide you with a Companion Contract and set up automatic processing… Read More »How does Win-Win work?